Postdoctoral and Research Scholarships 2021

The Max Planck Institute for European Legal History in Frankfurt is a world leader in research on the history of law in Europe and beyond. Its international research community of over 60 scholars, the unrivalled collections of its specialist library and its numerous national and international co-operations make it a central research hub for a global scientific community investigating the past, present and future of legal regimes.

We award several Postdoctoral and Research scholarships annually to enable outstanding researchers to spend time at the Max Planck Institute for European Legal History and are now inviting applications for research stays in 2021.

Scholarship holders are expected to pursue their own research project, which should relate to the Institute’s current research agenda.

Research Agenda

In 2021 scholarships will primarily be awarded to scholars proposing to work on the following topics

European and Comparative Legal History (Department I)
Stefan Vogenauer

  • Legal transfer in the common law world and more generally
  • History of European Union law

Historical Regimes of Normativity (Department II)
Thomas Duve

  • Goals and methods of writing legal history
  • Glocalising normativities in the Iberian Worlds (15th – 19th centuries)
  • Key concepts of the juridical-political language of the School of Salamanca

Conditions and Applications

Applications should be written in English and consist of the following documents:

  • Research proposal (up to 10,000 characters), including an explanation as to how the project relates the Department’s main research activities
  • CV
  • List of publications
  • Names and contact details of two scholars who have agreed to provide references (upon request)
  • Scan of the completed and signed form ‘Additional Application Details’
  • Three relevant publications of the last five years (as PDFs)

Deadline: All applications must be submitted via the online application system by 31 May 2020.

Scholarships run for either 3 or 6 months, starting at the beginning of January, April, July or October. Scholars without a regular income receive a monthly stipend of either €2,100 for postdoctoral researchers or €2,300 for senior researchers.

Scholars who are employed and/or have other forms of financial support can receive compensation for expenses at a fixed rate for the period of their stay. The compensation can, however, only be granted for up to three months and consists of a food allowance of €28 per day and €20 per day for accommodation.

The Max Planck society is committed to increasing the number of individuals with disabilities in its workforce and therefore encourages applications from such qualified individuals.

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